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, and control of this new gop treasure trove of data. >> this is where the campaign laws play a very important part. an outside group like american cross roads can't coordinate with a candidate so it doesn't make sense for a data project where you can give data out. it doesn't make sense. the rnc has it right. it needs to be with the rnc. they're talking about sourcing with it other group like the guy from heritage but i think it has to be run from the party. i think that has more to do with campaign laws than maybe that person who was quoted thinks. >> one of the most interesting things i thought to come out of this report, an official endorsement of immigration reform. at least it says in part, we are not a policy committee but among the steps republicans take in the hispanic community and beyond, we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. if we do not, our party's appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only. is this another one where they will be butting heads with some of their own rank and file? >> not if the rank and file read the totality of that d
these laws, do you think that could potentially help politicians in both parties? >> i think you could see more governors, more state legislatures feel like they might have free reign for gay marriage in their states. craig, i will say you're already seeing such a rush on this in states with democratic control. and the change in attitudes has been striking. in our own "wall street journal" poll, 30% of the country supported gay marriage in 2004. that is now a majority. 51%. so a full 20 or more percentage points increase in just nine years. that's amazing in social attitudes and in american politics. >> it kind of reminds me, when roe v. wade happened, a lot of politicians could say this is settled law. so you don't have to spend a great deal of time engaged in debates with a potential political opponent over it. if the court, if it keeps these laws intact, how could that complicate the path for politicians running for office? >> it could. it could complicate what democrats have been able to do in a lot of the states across the country. and craig, there is the possibility there could be a
and lesbian victory fund, and the constitutional law professor at georgetown university. thank you for joining me. paul, i would like to start with you. "time" magazine had the cover, from gay marriage to obama care, justice anthony kennedy is the decider. i want to show this to you. and read a portion of talking points memorandum officially there was an article posted. it said there have been two decisions in american history expanding rights for gays and lesbians. anthony kennedy wrote the opinion for both. he know where history is going and that he faces the choice between writing the next plessy versus ferguson and the next brown versus board of education. he wants to be on the right side of history. what's your response to that in. >> all of that is quite accurate except maybe where they're guessing about kennedy's mind and the right side of history. but that also sounds right to me. he did rule, he is going to be probably the deciding vote with the other justices evenly split. so which way he throws his weight will be determinative. he did decide in favor of gay rights in two previous ca
. pete, how did this ruling come about a? >> there's a longstanding law called the first sale doctrine. it says once buy something that's copy righted, a book, a cd, you can sell it. the copy right holder has no interest in your sale. this was about whether it applied to things made overseas. this affected a student who came to the u.s. he was buying textbooks here and he asked his parents to buy him the english versions made in thailand because they were a lot cheaper. they were made to be sold only in thailand. pretty soon he had a booming business making over $100,000 selling these ill ported textbooks on ebay. he got sued and he took it autumn way to the supreme court. today supreme court said that first sale applies to things made overseas as well. what that means is that you can now, or you can still sell anything that you buy that has copy righted material in it on ebay. even if it is made overseas. that would include books that are published overseas, but perhaps computers that contain software. even some kind of watches that have trademarks in them. lots of products. your car
gun legislation into the country, into law today. he signed measures limiting magazine capacity for eight bullets or eight shotgun shells. universal background checks. making buyers pay for their own background checks as well. the massacre at a movie theater last july and columbine back in 1999 were two of the biggest in the u.s. now removing an assault weapons ban from gun legislation going before the senate next month. harry reid said it was blocked because he felt p t would block passage of any bill at all. >> right now, her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >> i asked him if this could be part after package. he said, no. this is very important to me and i'm not going to lay down and play dead. >> democratic senator dianne feinstein of california reacting angrily to the assault weapons ban she sponsored being dropped. senior congressional reporter for politico. this is senator reid's announcement. shame on the united states. shame on us
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